The New York Knicks traded five first-round picks for Mikal Bridges in a major deal, signaling their commitment to going all-in. This move potentially reset the trade market, which could be a disadvantage for the Lakers, who have fewer assets compared to some of their rivals. The Alex Caruso–Josh Giddey trade had previously suggested that the price for high-level role players might be lower.

This summer, the Lakers face numerous questions: Will they make a trade to become true contenders? Will they aim for a third star or focus on adding more depth? How will LeBron James and Anthony Davis react if the team doesn’t make any significant moves? Will that influence James’ free-agency decision? What will happen with D’Angelo Russell? Can the Lakers discover another standout player with their No. 17 pick? How might Bronny James factor into their plans?

Here is an overview of the Lakers’ offseason:

### Current Projected Depth Chart
The Lakers have eight players on guaranteed contracts for next season: Anthony Davis, Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura, Jarred Vanderbilt, Gabe Vincent, Christian Wood, Jalen Hood-Schifino, and Maxwell Lewis.

**Point Guard:** Vincent, Hood-Schifino
**Shooting Guard:** Reaves, Lewis
**Small Forward:** Vanderbilt
**Power Forward:** Hachimura
**Center:** Davis, Wood

There is flexibility in positioning. Hachimura and Vanderbilt are interchangeable, Davis and Wood can play together in a two-big lineup, Reaves can handle the primary ballhandling duties, and Lewis can play either wing spot.

Additionally, the Lakers have four players with player options: LeBron James ($51.4 million), D’Angelo Russell ($18.7 million), Jaxson Hayes ($2.5 million), and Cam Reddish ($2.5 million). Each must decide on their future by Saturday.

Three players are entering free agency: Max Christie (restricted), Taurean Prince, and Spencer Dinwiddie.

### 2024 NBA Draft
The Lakers hold two picks in the 2024 NBA Draft: No. 17 in the first round and No. 55 in the second round (via the LA Clippers). They are projected to draft Colorado forward Tristan da Silva at No. 17 and USC guard Bronny James at No. 55, according to Sam Vecenie’s latest mock draft.

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